This is a goofy photo of Lance (again), but you can see little Ting Ting's face pretty clearly. This was taken Tuesday morning, when we went back to the Civil Affairs office in Changsha to finalize the adoption. (Lauren: look -- she's wearing the outfit you gave her).
Rachel's red footprint is placed on one of the official adoption documents. She's not wearing any pants because they were lost in an unfortunate diaper incident a few minutes earlier. Lesson No. 1 for new mom Susan -- always take a change of clothes, even if you're only going to be gone three or four hours.
We put our thumbprints on the documents in red ink.
While we waited our turn at the Civil Affairs office, I showed Ting Ting some family photos. You should see her grin when she looks at all your faces!
That's another goofy photo of Lance -- I'm beginning to detect a pattern, aren't you?
This photo actually was from the previous day, as all the expectant parents walked into the Civil Affairs office for the placement. I'm carrying gifts for the nanny who brought her to us, the orphanage director and the foster family.
This is shortly after placement, when Rachel meets Bob McNeil, the Sunny Ridge staff person who is accompanying us in China. Bob is in charge of the intercountry adoption program at Sunny Ridge and actually founded the China adoption program, so we're very blessed to have him with us. This is his 36th trip to China! Both he and Bill, the agency's in-China staff person, said that, as a group, these are the healthiest babies they ever have seen on placement day.
To answer Kay's question: Ting Ting weighs 7 kg (15.4 pounds), which is less than either of her earlier reports indicated. She is long, though. The 9 mos outfit I put on her the next day was big at the top. I put a 6 mos sleeper on her later that day, and it didn't seem quite long enough, although it fit otherwise. But, trust me, if she keeps eating the way she has, she'll be solidly in 9 mos clothes by the time we hit the States.
Now that we're back online, the equipment is working, Ting Ting's ear infection is healing, she'll let me hold her and she actually naps, we should be able to get caught up with photos and postings very soon. Sorry again for the delay -- I know you want to see more!